• Updated NVIDIA CUDA 5.0 for Mac Released


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    Published on 08-29-2012 11:09 AM by
    Last week, NVIDIA updated it's CUDA drivers to 5.0 for the Mac, adding support for OS X Mountain Lion and GeForce GT 650M. GeForce GT 650M graphics processors are found in both the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. This update should help out anyone that does video encoding on OS X 10.8 as it helps move some of the processing workload from the CPU over to the GPU.

    You can find these drivers over at NVIDIA. Let us know how they work on your CustoMac.

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    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Manwex's Avatar
      Manwex -
      Tested with Gigabyte GeForce GT 430 OC and it works perfectly!
    1. lisapower's Avatar
      lisapower -
      GTS 450, sleep/wake problem still here.
      CUDA Driver Version: 5.0.17
      GPU Driver Version: 8.0.51 295.30.00f01
    1. elMaco's Avatar
      elMaco -
      Sweet.
    1. dxmorgan's Avatar
      dxmorgan -
      asus p7h55m/usb3
      GT430 don't work for me.
      can't sleep/awake.
      can't change resolution.
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      This is NOT a graphics driver, it's a CUDA driver, so don't confuse things.
      It will NOT do anything with regards to graphics related problems. It simply adds Nvidia's latest CUDA features and fixes.
    1. Alfa147x's Avatar
      Alfa147x -
      My gTX670 likes after affects a bit better. No real test. Just felt a bit faster rendering.
    1. MAD AUDI SCIENTIST's Avatar
      MAD AUDI SCIENTIST -
      Hey guys I put a EVGA GT 640 in my dads rig and he had issues installing AutoCad and Maya...You think this will help?

      The build is the GA-Z68XP-UD4 in my signature.
    1. MAD AUDI SCIENTIST's Avatar
      MAD AUDI SCIENTIST -
      ahhh didn't realize one cant see signatures on such posts....eh
    1. cumik2's Avatar
      cumik2 -
      cuda 5.0 running without issue on my Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 2GB DDR3 (GV-N6400C-2GI rev.1.0) Kepler GK107
    1. designerferro's Avatar
      designerferro -
      Anyone tested this in GeForce 540M?
    1. Nevyn42's Avatar
      Nevyn42 -
      A little bit off topic, but does Cuda help with transcoding using Handbrake? I have just built a Customac and I am debating whether to get a discrete graphics card. I am going to be transcoding a large number DV tapes to H.264.
    1. Mirrors_'s Avatar
      Mirrors_ -
      I can't find anything on the NVIDIA site about CUDA Drivers for 5xx series cards. Does this update work for that?
    1. Mirrors_'s Avatar
      Mirrors_ -
      Nevyn42: If Handbrake supports CUDA, then yes, I assume it will utilize CUDA to to process your video. You might do a little searching to find if Handbrake supports CUDA. I did a quick search and some other transcoding program popped up, which does support CUDA, it's called FreeMake..? I've never used it. http://www.freemake.com/news/faster_...uda_technology
    1. Nevyn42's Avatar
      Nevyn42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mirrors_ View Post
      Nevyn42: If Handbrake supports CUDA, then yes, I assume it will utilize CUDA to to process your video. You might do a little searching to find if Handbrake supports CUDA. I did a quick search and some other transcoding program popped up, which does support CUDA, it's called FreeMake..? I've never used it. http://www.freemake.com/news/faster_...uda_technology
      I did some research after those posts and I found out that Handbrake does not support Cuda. The general consensus seems to be that SW encoding gives much better quality than the HW accelerated encoders. So, I am going to use SW encoder and let it run overnight.
    1. frebay's Avatar
      frebay -
      Anyone know if this works w/ geforce 680?
    1. bloumbloum's Avatar
      bloumbloum -
      New update!
      CUDA 5.0.36 driver for MAC
      ... available at the link on the first post...
      From Nvidia's website:

      Known Issues

      • There is a known issue in this release where forcing or allowing the system to go to sleep while running CUDA applications on 2012 MacBook Pro models with automatic graphics switching will cause a system crash (kernel panic). You can prevent the computer from automatically going to sleep by setting the Computer Sleep option slider to Never in the Energy Saver pane of the System Preferences.

      • There is a known issue in this release where CUDA applications will not automatically engage the discrete GPU on 2012 MacBook Pro models with automatic graphics switching. To run CUDA applications, it is necessary to uncheck the Automatic Graphics Switching checkbox in the Energy Saver pane of the System Preferences.

      Double -click on CUDADriver-5.0.36-macos.dmg
      Click Continue on the CUDA 5.0 Installer Welcome screen
      Click Continue after you read the License Agreement and then click Agree
      Click Install on the Standard Install Screen. You will be required to enter an Administrator password
      Once you see the Successful Installation screen, your install is complete. No restart is required